The World According to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

“Is there art that is more beautiful, more divine, and more eternal than the art of martyrdom?” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, then Iran’s President-elect, mused in a television address in 2005. “A nation with martyrdom knows no captivity.” Ahmadinejad’s broadcast over Iranian airwaves was not empty rhetoric. Indeed, Ahmadinejad […]

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The Democratic Moment?

Today, the Democratic Party has a golden opportunity to reclaim the leadership role that it played on national security for most of the 20th Century. But, to do so, the party must discard a damaging mind-set that has clouded its thinking since Vietnam—defensive about American ideals and […]

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Just another thug bashing the U.S. president

For the many Americans who are unhappy with President Bush, ‘tis tempting to revel in Venezuela President Hugo Chavez’s characterization of our polarizing leader as “the devil.” ‘Tis tempting, too, just weeks before elections that will determine control of Congress, for Bush’s critics to use Chavez’s speech […]

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Sept. 11 Five Years Later: Is America Safer? Yes. America is killing its enemies on their home turfs

We can debate endlessly whether we have adequately upgraded our military, secured our borders or protected key potential targets of terrorist attacks, such as chemical weapons plants. But, national security begins not with the arming of troops, fencing along borders, and X-ray machines at airports. It starts […]

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Myths block Middle East peace hopes

Long-standing conflicts between peoples often create their own myths – over grievances, appropriate uses of force, and likely paths to peace. Nowhere is this truer than in the Middle East. With Israel and Hezbollah engaged in escalating conflict, leaders, experts and media the world over assume predictable, […]

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